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Dr Hansen, CEO of the Arizona Humane Society

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Dr Hansen bio.

As President and CEO of the Arizona Humane Society (AHS), Dr. Steven Hansen is a transformational leader whose lifesaving vision extends beyond the walls of the shelter. His impact on animal welfare has not only transformed Maricopa County from one of the worst places to be a homeless pet to one of the best, but has also set the standard in care for homeless pets on a national level. As a well-respected leader, Dr. Hansen, a veterinarian and board-certified toxicologist, serves on a variety of mission-critical boards, including the Alliance for Companion Animals, the Hill’s Shelter Advisory Board, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Legislative Advisory Committee, the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, the American College of Animal Welfare and Arizona State University’s Community Advisory Council.

As President and CEO, Dr. Hansen’s commitment to saving lives and solving pet overpopulation has led to the implementation of over a dozen lifesaving programs since 2014. Those programs consist of AHS’ Bottle Baby ICU, Parvo Puppy ICU, and Mutternity Suites for pregnant mothers, as well as a Pet Resource Center comprised of dedicated customer service individuals armed with resources to keep pets and owners together, resulting in an additional 115,000 lives saved over the last seven years.

Prior to AHS, Dr. Hansen received his BS and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Iowa State University and received an MS and MBA from the University of Illinois. After graduation, he went on to serve as the Director of Veterinary Research for Wellmark International in Illinois and also practiced clinical veterinary medicine in Houston and Chicago. Dr. Hansen also spent 15 years with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ASPCA) where he also served as Chief Operating Officer before joining AHS.

Company bio.

Since 1957, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) has fostered the belief that every pet deserves a good life. AHS’ mission is to save the most vulnerable animals and enrich the lives of pets and people.

What once began as a small shelter established by a compassionate group of volunteers has since grown to become the state’s largest animal welfare and protection agency, as well as the state’s designated responder for animals in distress during natural disasters.

Throughout the years, a commitment to thinking differently about animal welfare has led to countless first-of-their-kind programs, services, education and communication techniques that have been emulated by organizations all over the world.

AHS’ lifesaving programs, including its Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™, Mutternity Suites, Kitten Nursery, Bottle Baby Kitten ICU and Parvo Puppy ICU save the lives of pets routinely euthanized in shelters. Its comprehensive medical, behavioral rehabilitation, surrender intervention and spay/neuter initiatives have helped save an additional 115,000 lives over the last seven years and become a safety net for the Valley’s most vulnerable pets.

As a modern open-admissions shelter, the Arizona Humane Society sees cases daily that are beyond the scope of imagination – abuse, neglect, abandonment. AHS’ Ethical No-Kill Philosophy ensures we never euthanize a pet for space or length of time. For more information, visit


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